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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Who Will Be Cleveland’s Quarterback in 2015?

Both Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel could both be on the Cleveland Browns roster when the team goes to OTAs in May. But it also conceivable that both could out of the state of Ohio as well.

That was the position new Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo told reporters late last week.

DeFilippo was noncommittal to the state of the Browns quarterback position, but whatever the situation is and which direction the team decides to go he is fully in favor of it.

"We're not sure if our starting quarterback is in the building right now or not," said DeFilippo on, who was hired last Wednesday to replace Kyle Shanahan. "If he is, great. If he's not, that's great, too."

Coach Mike Pettine said the Browns will continue evaluating the roster and discussing all positions over the next few weeks.

Owner Jimmy Haslam said the Browns are committed to finding a quarterback "who can make us a championship team" and that all options are open for next season's starter.

"We've got to get a quarterback and got to get it fixed," Haslam said.

The combination of Hoyer, who started the season, and Manziel, who played late in the season before getting injured, took the Browns to a 7-9 record and had the team in contention for the AFC North division 10 games into the season.

Yes, I said the team was in contention.

There was so much speculation that Manziel would ignite the Browns offense, outplay Hoyer in practice and on the field and ultimately cause a stir with the advent of “Johnny Football.” That never happened. Too many off-field incidents and lack of concentration and preparation have led to the team hoping the second-year player can get himself together and come to camp as a leader, not a distraction.

Hoyer really was the team’s best option to win last season.

Haslam said it's possible the team could re-sign Brian Hoyer, and added that Johnny Manziel needs to "show on and off the field he can be a professional."

"He knows that. Everybody in the organization has told him that," Haslam said. "It'll be up to Flip and Pett to decide whether he can be the kind of quarterback we need him to be. He knows what we expect of him on and off the field, and it's up to him to prove he can do that."

DeFilippo said he knows Manziel from one pre-draft visit and that the two got along well. But he added he's not concerned that he can't pinpoint the starter in January because he went through similar situations as quarterbacks coach in Oakland.

"At this point last year, Derek Carr wasn't in the Oakland Raiders' building," DeFilippo said, adding the Raiders also signed Matt Flynn and Matt Schaub as free agents after January.

"Whoever is in our quarterback room is going to have a clean slate," he said.

DeFilippo said he's ready and eager to work with Manziel.

If neither quarterbacks are on the roster, here are a few names to consider.


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